How many whales are there in the seas around Iceland?
Ásthildur Kristín, f. 1987
AnswerThe Marine Research Institute in Iceland has conducted research on whale stocks around Iceland. The species are the fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), the minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and the sei whale (Balaenoptera borealis). According to the counting there are 16,000 fin whales in the ocean between Iceland and East Greenland and about 18,900 in the ocean between East Greenland, Iceland and Jan Mayen (North of 500 latitude). Counting shows that sei whale stock size, a species hunted by Icelanders during the last decades, is at least 10,500. In the mid-Atlantic area there are about 72,000 minke whale of which about 56,000 are in the Icelandic continental shelf area. It is thought that there are about 1,000 blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) in the Icelandic region. The number of bottlenose whales (Hyperoodon ampullatus) in the seas around Iceland during the summer is thought to be about 42,000. Pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) are common in Icelandic waters and there are thought to be between 100,000 to 200,000 in this area.
Um þessa spurningu
Jón Már Halldórsson. „How many whales are there in the seas around Iceland?“. The Icelandic Web of Science 7.3.2005. http://why.is/svar.php?id=4816. (Skoðað 23.3.2017).
Jón Már Halldórssonbiologist